Labor Day has come and gone, and the three-day weekend along with it. What did you do to celebrate the holiday? Did you happen to do any camping with your dogs? Would you like to in the future? There’s nothing quite like a peaceful mountain getaway or relaxing in the great outdoors, far from the bustling activities of crowded Los Angeles. Camping lets you say good-bye to the smog and noisy traffic and hello to fresh air and tranquility! Siberian Huskies love to go camping and hiking, as it allows them plenty of physical and mental stimulation with the diverse sights, sounds and smells of nature that they’ll come across in their adventure. Here’s a few Southern California pet-friendly campsites to check out sometime:
Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area located at 4100 South La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles is 380 acres of pure beauty. While this location features soccer fields, basketball courts, baseball diamonds and playgrounds for children, it is also home to a Japanese garden, fishing lake, hiking and bike trails, and primitive camping (no water or electric hookups). Parking is free on weekdays, $6 on the weekend, and dogs of all sizes are permitted, so long as they are kept on leashes (no issue there for us, right?). While it’s not quite up in the mountains and away from the noise (the freeway is nearby) this park is perfect for getting your feet wet, so to speak, or just spending the day at. This locale is considered the “best kept secret” of the foothills and has some history to it: it’s the site of the 10th Olympiad in 1932!
If you’re looking for some real camping, how about heading out to one of Big Bear Lake’s many campgrounds or cabins? Just outside of LA and in San Bernardino County, Big Bear is highly popular in all seasons due to the lake and beautiful scenery for hiking, and especially in the winter time due to all the snow. Snowy camping is nothing less than perfect for our Siberians, and there are a some mushing groups that occasionally do dog sledding in the area. It’s worth checking into! As for camp sites, Serrano and Pineknot campgrounds are both dog friendly, with dogs being permitted only on leash, and never left unattended. Both sites are situated amongst tall, gorgeous pine trees, and Serrano has just a short walk from camp to reach the lake. Pineknot is RV friendly with a maximum length of 45 feet, but no water/electric hook ups at the campgrounds. They do however have water amenities and flush toilets and picnic areas. Serrano has toilets, showers and telephones for use in addition to water and electric hook ups for tents and RVs. As for cabins, Big Bear Lake and the surrounding mountain cities are chock full of them for rent with varying pet policies. You can check various housing classified websites and ads such as craigslist or padmapper to search for a cabin or timeshare that would suit you and your dog(s).
Do you have a favorite pet-friendly campsite in Southern California that you would like to recommend to others? Please do!
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